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Biden’s Climate Summit Shows How Far U.S. Leadership Has to Go

By Leslie Kaufman, Eric Roston
  • Indonesia, for instance, faces devastating flooding, particularly in its capital city ; its president, Joko Widodo, said that developing nations could consider tightening their emissions targets only if wealthy countries committed to more aid.
  • President Joe Biden convened world leaders for a two-day virtual climate summit on Thursday to send a message that the U.S. is back and ready to lead.
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Duluth has COVID-19 vaccines to spare; come and get them, hospitals urge

By Brooks Johnson
  • Essentia Health has also opened its Miller Hill Mall vaccination site in Duluth for walk-in appointments available to anyone seeking a first dose of the vaccine.
  • DULUTH – St. Luke's has an ample supply of COVID-19 vaccines, and the Duluth-based health system is encouraging anyone who wants to make an appointment, no matter where they live, to drive up for the shot.
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‘I lost who I was’: COVID-19 survivors suffering long-term effects find hope, healing in focused recovery clinics

By Kelsy Schlotthauer Tulsa World
  • She’s where I got my fight from,” said Tiffany Crutcher, adding that everything changed for her mother after the loss of her son, Terence, in 2016.
  • Having witnessed her mother’s unlikely transformation into activist after her son was killed by police, Tiffany was not surprised to see that same fighting spirit come out again recently when facing COVID-19.
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Massachusetts ‘happy’ to take vaccines turned down by other states

By Erin Tiernan
  • Dozens of rural counties in Midwest states are turning away coronavirus vaccines — doses Gov. Charlie Baker said he’d be “happy” to take off their hands and get them into eager Bay Staters’ arms.
  • The hesitancy that exists in more rural, Republican areas of the United States is less of an issue in Massachusetts, Baker said, where vaccine demand still outpaces supply.
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CDC committee to reconvene on Johnson & Johnson vaccine, doctors hopeful for its return

By Alexi Cohan
  • Dr. Gabriela Andujar Vazquez, infectious disease physician at Tufts Medical Center, said if no new blood clot cases or other issues have been reported since the original pause, it is likely the committee will recommend using the vaccine again.
  • The CDC and Food and Drug Administration recommended a pause on administration of the vaccine on April 13 following a possible link to six rare blood clot cases.
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Despite the Pandemic, Alabama Tourism did Well in 2020

By Ja Nai Wright
The Alabama Tourism Department announced that Alabama’s Travel Industry survived the pandemic better than the other 45 states. Despite the pandemic, Alabama ranks top 5 in the nation for the smallest percentage drop in travel expenditures. They estimated more than 22.5 million people visited the state of Alabama last year. The amount of tourism dollars spent in Alabama dropped 20% compared to previous years. This still beats out the national average which is at 42% according to Travel Economics. Alabama had a large growth in travel search activity since 2019. the state rose 24 spots up to number 6 nationwide. Categories: Montgomery, News […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Op-Ed: Maxine Waters: I’m not new to this

By Maxine Waters
  • I traveled to Minnesota to be with other members of Congress, civil rights leaders and other local officials to give support to the families affected by police violence, and to stand in solidarity with the young people protesting — many of whom are understandably traumatized by the killings that are taking place at the hands of police officers in this country.
  • In a 1993 essay, ahead of the verdict in the federal civil rights trial of the officers who brutally beat Rodney King, I wrote to our community and I implored our young people to be responsible.
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Portland vigil planned for Columbus teen Ma’Khia Bryant

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A vigil is planned Thursday evening in downtown Portland. for the Columbus teen shot to death earlier this week by a police officer. The vigil for Ma’Khia Bryant is expected to begin at 6 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The fatal police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black teenager seen on video charging at two people with a knife, came within minutes of the verdict in George Floyd’s killing — causing unrest by some over the continued use of lethal force by Columbus police. Officials with the Columbus Division of Police released footage of the shooting just hours after it happened, a departure from the […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Wisconsin’s COVID-19 vaccine supply close to exceeding demand for first time

By Scott Bauer
  • State health leaders said Thursday that while the gap between supply and demand is closing, there is an increasing emphasis on reaching those who may have difficulty getting vaccinated or who have been hesitant to receive the shot to date.
  • About 1.5 million more people need to be fully vaccinated to reach 80% of the total population, the target for herd immunity, Willems Van Dijk said.
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Everything you need to know about the temporary migrant shelter in Long Beach

By Hayley Munguia
  • But the same children won’t be there the whole time; federal officials are aiming to transition kids from the shelter to living with family members or sponsors within seven-to-10 days of arriving at the Convention Center, though some cases may be more complex and take longer.
  • The Long Beach Convention Center became a temporary migrant shelter on Thursday, April 22, for children who were found at the border without a parent.
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Suburban slot machine kingpin ‘vindicated,’ his lawyer says after settlement with state gambling regulators

By Mitchell Armentrout
  • Suburban gambling kingpin Rick Heidner and his Gold Rush Amusements Inc. will keep operating his slot machines “in good standing” at more than 600 establishments across the state under the deal approved Wednesday by the Illinois Gaming Board.
  • After a year and a half of scrutiny — and after a foiled attempt to open a new racetrack and casino in the southwest suburbs — Gold Rush Amusements founder Rick Heidner is “in good standing” with the Illinois Gaming Board.
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Tina Smith: Walter Mondale was a fighter of good fights, a teller of hard truths

By Tina Smith
  • On July 14, 1948, a young senator from Minnesota stood on the floor of the Democratic National Convention and challenged his party to commit itself to the cause of civil rights, "the issue of the 20th century."
  • But in the summer of 1967, another young senator from Minnesota — chosen to fill Humphrey's seat — invited a young navy lieutenant named Carlos Campbell to testify before the Senate Banking Committee's subcommittee on housing.
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Readers Write: Policing, Derek Chauvin, housing, John Kass

  • The announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice will be conducting a "pattern and practice" investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department gives me hope for future implementation of systemic changes in the MPD ( "Justice probe is a critical next step," editorial, April 22).
  • Some imagine that the conviction, and presumably harsh sentencing, of Derek Chauvin will send a message to Minneapolis cops, and perhaps cops everywhere, but I doubt it.
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A 43.4% Capital Gains Tax?

  • So it was again on Thursday as Biden officials leaked that they will soon propose raising the federal tax on capital gains to 43.4% from a top rate of 23.8% today.
  • The leakers told Bloomberg that Mr. Biden will tax capital gains for taxpayers who earn more than $1 million at the personal income tax rate, which he also wants to raise to 39.6% from 37%.
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Biden is, so far, no Walter Mondale

By Veena Iyer
  • In 1979, a few months after my birth, Mondale spoke to the United Nations and called on the world to come to the aid of refugees from Vietnam.
  • In 1969, my father immigrated from India for postgraduate study at the University of Minnesota thanks to the Immigration and Nationality Act supported by Mondale during his first year in the Senate.
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Biden to restore California’s power to set pollution rules

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is part of the DOT, said Thursday it is proposing to withdraw a rule rule meant to stop states from setting their own requirements for greenhouse gases, zero emissions vehicles and fuel economy.
  • DETROIT — The U.S. Transportation Department is moving to reverse former President Donald Trump's bid to end California's ability to set its own automobile tailpipe pollution standards.
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NC is faring better than most states during pandemic. But what does that mean?

By Joedy McCreary
  • “The good news is that whatever was done in North Carolina, the cumulative effect of what was done — both on the business side and the medical side — was that we can hold our heads high and say we really came through this relative to other states,” Walden said.
  • (WNCN) — Gov. Roy Cooper leaned on a couple of numbers to back up his claim that North Carolina is getting through the pandemic better than most states.
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One Neat Trick to Figure Out When the Fed Will Taper

By Daniel Moss
  • James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, recently told Bloomberg Television's Kathleen Hays that getting three-quarters of Americans vaccinated would signal that the pandemic is ending, a necessary condition to consider tapering bond purchases.
  • Given the vast sums central banks have pumped into the global economy since the pandemic began, it’s only prudent to look beyond traditional metrics when considering whether to dial back.
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Keep U.S. resolve on threat to Ukraine

  • In a well-choreographed confab with NATO leaders, Blinken traveled to Brussels last week along with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who announced that the U.S. was not only canceling the troop drawdown in Europe announced by former President Donald Trump, it was adding about 500 personnel to Germany in a move that gives credence to President Joe Biden's pledge to strengthen the Western alliance.
  • That message was echoed by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who said last week, "Russia must end this military buildup in and around Ukraine, stop its provocations and de-escalate immediately."
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48 Massachusetts cities and towns at high risk for coronavirus transmission, a decline

By Lisa Kashinsky
  • Leaders across communities hard hit by COVID-19 are urging residents to remain vigilant and roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated even as the number of cities and towns at high risk for transmission dropped for the second consecutive week.
  • “Right now we are in this tug-of-war between virus and variants, versus vaccine and vigilance,” Dr. Richard Herman, Brockton’s pandemic consultant, said.
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After warning from cardinal, St. Sabina pastor says he’s encouraging ‘respectful’ support for Pfleger

By Sam Kelly
  • Days after Chicago’s cardinal lashed out at “intimidating tactics” by supporters of the Rev. Michael Pfleger, the current pastor at St. Sabina’s church said he has instructed parishioners to express themselves “respectfully.”
  • “I totally understand when this stuff hits close to home, when it’s someone who you think you know and is creating that negative effect,” Hiner said at a news conference Thursday.
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Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine rollout: 526,662 doses given in past week

By Rick Sobey
  • The state’s weekly vaccine report showed that 526,662 total doses have been administered since last week — a dip of 46,707 doses from the prior week’s record high mark of 573,369 shots.
  • More than 526,000 coronavirus vaccine doses were given across Massachusetts during the past week, down a bit from the previous week’s record as close to 100,000 shots were administered in the most recent day of data.
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How to confront systemic racism? Heed the call of Martin Luther King.

By Michael Gerson
  • White people in America tend to assume, at a deep level, that America’s economic, governmental and legal systems are roughly fair.
  • Eighteen days after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “ I Have a Dream ” speech, four young girls were killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Days later, King delivered their eulogy, and demonstrated why America would have been lost without the civil rights movement.
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Covid-19 live updates: Reinfection is possible but rare, data from 63 million medical records shows

By Erin Cunningham, Brittany Shammas, Hannah Knowles and Carolyn Y. Johnson
  • Federal health authorities are leaning toward recommending that use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine resume, possibly as soon as this weekend — a move that would include a new warning about a rare complication involving blood clots but probably would not call for age restrictions.
  • Federal health authorities are leaning toward recommending that use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine resume, possibly as soon as this weekend — a move that would include a new warning about a rare complication involving blood clots but probably not call for age restrictions.
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Why stopping the distribution of the Philip Roth biography was a bad idea

By Alyssa Rosenberg
  • Then, the New York Times followed up with a report that a female publishing executive wrote to W.W. Norton’s president in 2018 to say that in 2015, Bailey assaulted her while they were both guests at a friend’s home.
  • What happened at W.W. Norton this week was instead a clever effort at corporate image management disguised as social responsibility, and a missed opportunity to demonstrate how making recompense and continuing dialogue can go hand in hand.
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Daunte Wright’s wake draws family, community and activists

By Kim Bellware
  • Sharpton decried mentions of Wright’s record and said the real questions must be reserved for Kim Potter, the 26-year veteran Brooklyn Center police officer who shot Wright with her service weapon .
  • MINNEAPOLIS — Friends and family of Daunte Wright will gather here Thursday afternoon to say goodbye to the 20-year-old Black man who was killed earlier this month by police during a traffic stop.
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‘Safety is in their DNA’: This social media app is geared toward kids and learning

  • Instead, we're playing catch-up and trying to put bandaids on issues that perhaps could have been avoided if initial design and launch placed kids and teens at the center."As Zigazoo grows through word of mouth, it has also fallen into the hands of celebrity parents -- including Rutler and his partner, singer Christina Aguilera -- whose 6-year-old daughter consumes videos on the app.
  • With a background as tech entrepreneurs -- the Ringelsteins launched and sold Dropbox-for-education platform UClass to Renaissance Learning, a Google Capital Company, for an undisclosed sum in 2015 -- they folded these exercises into an app and made the traditionally passive experience of viewing videos into something creative and social.The app's challenges fall into various categories -- art, math, health and fitness, and more -- and come from its content partners.
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Bill would create aviation response plan for pandemics and study disease transmission on airplanes

By Lori Aratani
  • DeFazio (D-Ore.), the committee’s chairman, and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), the aviation subcommittee chairman — also makes clear that the Federal Aviation Administration has the authority to impose requirements to protect passengers and airline workers during public health emergencies.
  • In addition, it would require that people wear masks on airplanes and in airports, and that airline employees and some FAA personnel be given personal protective equipment during public health emergencies linked to respiratory diseases.
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A hiker was lost and desperate. A stranger with an unusual hobby saved him.

By Sydney Page
  • “There’s an amazing amount of information you can get from satellites,” said Kuo, who is also a hiker, though he has never visited the area where Compean was lost.
  • Ben Kuo was working at his home about 60 miles away in Ventura County, Calif., when he stumbled upon a tweet from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, along with the photo of Compean’s legs.
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ACLU challenges Iowa law restricting public funds for transgender medical care

By Katie Akin
  • The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a lawsuit Thursday against a state law that exempts Medicaid and other public insurance plans from funding transition-related surgeries for transgender individuals.
  • The Iowa Court of Appeals dismissed the case because Vasquez and fellow plaintiff Mika Covington had not been denied coverage by the Iowa Department of Human Services.
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Our policymakers are still obsessing over risks but forgetting about rewards

By Fareed Zakaria
  • In other words, even if all the blood clots proved fatal — and most have not been — the virus would still be thousands of times more dangerous than the vaccine.
  • Consider the decision from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to recommend pausing distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six cases of severe blood clots were reported in the United States (now nine ).
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What formally recognizing the Armenian genocide means for humanity

By David Ignatius
  • He didn’t live to see the emotional moment that’s likely to come Saturday, when President Biden is expected to become the first U.S. president to formally affirm the fact of the Armenian genocide .
  • On Saturday, the annual day of remembrance for the 1.5 million victims of the genocide, Gregorian would probably have asked the same question that he posed in the March 2018 interview : “What is our duty as Armenians .
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Snap Won’t Lose Its Luster

  • Snap chat parent Snap Inc. kicked off social media’s first quarter earnings season on Thursday with a bright filter, reporting users and sales above Wall Street’s estimates.
  • Continuing to surprise investors to the upside is an impressive feat for a company whose share price has more than tripled over the last year.
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Providence adds COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Santa Ana and at the Great Park

By Ian Wheeler
Health care provider Providence is adding new coronavirus vaccination sites at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine and at an Edwards Lifesciences building in Santa Ana. The Santa Ana location, off the 55 freeway at 3009 Daimler St., opened Wednesday, April 21, the company said. The drive-thru Irvine location is set to launch Monday, April 26, using one of the Great Park’s parking lots near 8000 Great Park Blvd. Providence already has a vaccine center at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton and recently started several weekly clinics in north Orange County at local community centers. Appointments for Providence sites can be made onMy […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Explainer: Why is Chauvin unlikely to face maximum sentence?

By Amy Forliti
  • For example, if a defendant is convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman — two crimes against one victim — a judge would issue a sentence on each count, and could rule that they be served at the same time or consecutively, said former Hennepin County chief public defender Mary Moriarty.
  • For second-degree unintentional murder, guidelines say the presumptive sentence for someone with no criminal record like Chauvin would be 12 1/2 years.
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Republicans seem to forget their own court-packing attempts

By Letters to the Editor
  • Kathleen Parker’s assertion that “nothing has changed since Biden’s 1983 assessment — oh, except that the court today leans conservative — and liberals don’t like it” was laughable and a good example of the right’s attempts to rewrite history to suit its own purposes.
  • But I disagree with the unqualified assertion in her April 18 op-ed, “ Biden should remember his own words,” that “the court today leans conservative — and liberals don’t like it.”
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LeVar Burton wanted to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for years. Thanks to an online movement, he’s getting his chance.

By Jaclyn Peiser
  • As of Wednesday, his dream is officially coming true — at least for a few days — thanks in part to a fierce push from fans to get him a spot as one of the celebrity guests who have lead the show since its revered host, Alex Trebek, died in November.
  • “Between hosting 21 seasons of the educational Reading Rainbow, playing the brainiac engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: the Next Generation, and filling the roll of Kunta Kinte in the ever important mini-series Roots, LeVar Burton has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds,” wrote Joshua Sanders, who created the petition.
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NB I-35 to NB U.S. 183 flyover to close Sunday night for reconstruction, long-term detour planned

By Jaclyn Ramkissoon
AUSTIN (KXAN) — While two newly-constructed flyovers are opening Sunday at the I-35/U.S. 183 interchange, one existing flyover will be closing for at least a few months for reconstruction. The Texas Department of Transportation said the existing northbound I-35 to northbound U.S. 183 flyover will shut down for about four months, beginning 10 p.m. Sunday. Crews will demolish and reconstruct one portion of the flyover. A long-term detour will be put in place. Drivers looking to use that flyover will instead be directed to the Rundberg Lane exit (#241) to take a U-turn at Rundberg Lane and transfer onto the new southbound I-35 to northbound […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Want normal? State and hospitals say adults should vaccinate and kids get tested.

By Dave Orrick
  • In separate statements and interviews, state health and education officials, testing sites and local hospital officials sketched out a current COVID landscape that is both optimistic and troubling as they emphasized the dual-pronged strategy amid a tug of war between an increasing — but far from fully — immune public and the more-dangerous variant that is dominating infections and increasingly sending unvaccinated, middle-aged patients to the hospital.
  • Minnesota health officials Thursday urged everyone over 16 to get vaccinated and youth and teens to get tested more frequently if the state is to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic faster.
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Prince Louis Celebrates His Third Birthday With a Bike Ride

By Katey Rich, Erin Vanderhoof
  • “The weather has been lovely so I imagine they will be out in the garden playing games and having lots of fun,” a family friend told Vanity Fair at the time about Louis’s birthday plans.
  • Even when George and Charlotte returned to school last September, Louis remained at home, but Vanity Fair understands that Louis began attending Willcocks Nursery School in London this week, the same day that the new photograph was taken at Kensington Palace.
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Climate envoy to Iowans: ‘There’s a growing sense of urgency’

By Perry Beeman
  • “There’s a growing sense of urgency,” said Kerry, a former U.S. senator and former secretary of state who holds the newly created position of presidential envoy for climate in the Biden administration.
  • Moments before he closed a White House international climate summit on Earth Day, U.S. special envoy John Kerry urged Iowans to push Congress to approve new cuts in carbon emissions.
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Marine Debris Tracker app asks citizen scientists, volunteers to track Mississippi River pollution on Earth Day

By Frederick Melo
If you’re interested in picking up trash on Earth Day weekend, there’s an app for that. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter will initiate the 35th annual citywide spring cleanup on Saturday morning by helping to launch a multi-state effort to combat plastic pollution along the Mississippi River. The “Mississippi River Plastic Pollution” initiative asks volunteers to track the items they remove from along the river using the Marine Debris Tracker, a new open source smartphone app available at DebrisTracker.org. Carter will place a GPS-tagged bottle into the Mississippi River at 9 a.m. Saturday, which will provide the initiative with data about the […]Read more >Similar articles >

Maine medical marijuana trailblazer hospitalized following accident

By Hannah LaClaire
  • Providers, known in the industry as caregivers, as well as medical cannabis consumers, are pushing back against a series of program changes proposed both from the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy and the Maine Legislature.
  • Dawson Julia, a medical cannabis provider in Unity, head of the Maine Cannabis Coalition and one of the first in the state to open a medical cannabis “caregiver” store, is “fighting for his life” in a Miami hospital, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser started by his sister-in-law, Jennifer Nyman-Julia.
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COVID: UC, CSU systems and Stanford plan to require students to be vaccinated

By Emily DeRuy
  • “Prior to the implementation of any changes to the CSU’s existing immunization requirements, the CSU will engage the California State Student Association, the CSU Academic Senate and labor unions,” the system said in a statement, adding that exemptions would be allowed for medical and religious reasons.
  • Stanford on Thursday also said it plans to require all students coming to campus in the fall to be fully vaccinated.
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The 7 Climate Tipping Points That Could Change The World Forever

  • As we go about our daily lives, the carbon-rich soils of the boreal forest and lush rainforests of the tropics are hard at work sucking up carbon dioxide, forming what are known as terrestrial carbon sinks.
  • But as conditions become warmer and drier, wildfires are happening more frequently and burning over greater areas, threatening the vast reserves of carbon stored in the soils of the boreal region and potentially transforming the forest into grassland or tundra.
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Laguna Woods sees virus cases slowing to a crawl

By Brooke Becher
  • Third Mutual passed a resolution that would set a special election schedule regarding a ballot initiative to restate and amend the mutual’s insurance policies as outlined in the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) and bylaws.
  • Citywide, coronavirus cases within Laguna Woods have slowed to a crawl, with only four new cases reported in April, Village Management Services CEO Jeff Parker said during a regular meeting of the Third Mutual board on Tuesday, April 20.
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Latino leaders push “Marshall Plan” for Central America to address migration and poverty

By Russell Contreras
  • Hispanic U.S. House members are pushing for an aggressive, multiyear "Marshall Plan" for Central America to tackle regional violence, corruption and economic devastation.
  • The big picture: The call for a Central American plan, similar to a U.S. program that rebuilt Western Europe following World War II, comes as both political parties and the Biden administration struggle to find short-term solutions to the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
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Harriet Tubman’s lost Maryland home found, archaeologists say

  • Tuesday morning state and federal officials announced that Schablitsky, guided in part by the coin, believes she has found the site where Tubman lived with her parents and several siblings during formative teenage years before she escaped enslavement.
  • Officials said bricks, datable pieces of 19th-century pottery, a button, a drawer pull, a pipe stem, old records, and the location all pointed to the spot being the likely site of the Ben Ross cabin.
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Idaho colleges and universities looking at ways to make some student fees optional

The following is a news release from the Idaho State Board of Education. The Idaho State Board of Education asked Idaho’s college and university presidents to study their student fee structures with the intent of potentially making some fees optional. “We want to understand how an optional student fee structure can be developed to the benefit of students and if so, what would it mean for the institutions financially and how such a program would be implemented,” State Board President Debbie Critchfield said. Student fees cover institution costs in three areas: facilities, technology, and student activities. The presidents will focus on […]Read more >Similar articles >
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“This Is Going to Be a Global Moment”: All Eyes Are on Facebook as It Weighs Whether to Ban Donald Trump for Life

By Caleb Ecarma
  • “The Facebook Oversight Board’s decision on the Trump case—expected in late April—will show whether that expulsion can be justified by something other than an impulse to appease angry users and butter up a new administration.”
  • As the tech world waits to see whether Facebook kicks Donald Trump out for good or lets him back in, lawmakers are following along, seeing the case as a milestone in the fraught relationship between Big Tech and free speech.
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Eric C. Ewert: The endless hucksterism worked. Utah is the fastest-growing state for the last decade

By Eric C. Ewert | Special to The Tribune
  • Utah added nearly a half a million people (474,466) in a decade and grew at an astonishing 17.1% (though we won’t gain a representative in Congress this time).
  • They routinely embrace every strip mall, housing development, freeway lane, methane well, coal mine, water diversion, golf course, RV park, truck stop and business park with open arms (and taxpayer money) in their growth-addicted worldview.
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S Carolina quirky liquor laws give sour grapes to wine giant

By JEFFREY COLLINS
  • But the public tasting rooms request has caused the measure to grind slowly through the Legislature in a state where quirky alcohol laws protect small retailers, harkening back to the days of saloons and booze only in private clubs and bartenders making drinks with minibottles typically found on airplanes..
  • Wholesalers and liquor stores are against the bill because they don't want Gallo to be able to sell the wine directly after the tastings.
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“We’re Not Trying to Bankrupt Fox”: Inside the ADL’s Push to Get Tucker Carlson Off the Air

By Charlotte Klein
  • He has the right to share his point of view,” Greenblatt said of Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host whom he recently urged the network to fire.
  • Greenblatt said the goal of his speech at this week’s conference was to encourage companies either directly advertising on Tucker Carlson Tonight or spending money across other Fox properties to use their leverage to send a message about the host, whether through pulling back spending or making their views known to executives.
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On Earth Day, Mills announces $500,000 grant program for clean energy start-ups

By Kevin Miller
  • MONTVILLE — The state will create a $500,000 competitive grant program that will help to fund at least two clean energy start-up companies in Maine, Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday.
  • Mills unveiled the new program on the same day that President Joe Biden announced he was committing the United States to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 52 percent over 2005 levels by the end of this decade.
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A bit of the new stirred in with the old

ATLANTIC CITY - Drinking at the Shore is always a different sort of proposition. In places like Sea Isle or Wildwood, it's all about quantity over quality. I almost never drink, say, Red Stripe beer at home (or listen to much reggae), but dammit if every summer I don't find myself somewhere listening to a middling rendition of "Legalize It" and drinking $3 Red Stripe on special. […]Read more >Similar articles >

Montgomery County Commission Invites Montgomery County Students to Apply for Apprenticeship Program

The Montgomery County Commission once again invites Montgomery County students, ages 16-22 years old, to come work for the county. The 2021 Montgomery County Student Apprenticeship program begins Monday, June 7 and runs until Friday, July 30. Students have the opportunity to work for offices throughout the county including the County Commission, Sheriff, District Attorney, Probate, Engineering, Parks and Recreation, Community Corrections and more. Application can be found on the homepage of the county website,www.mc-ala.org. Applications are due to the City-County Personnel Office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2021. Students must be […]Read more >Similar articles >

The Story Behind TIME’s George Floyd ‘Justice—Not Yet For All’ Cover

By Victor Williams
  • But in a testament to how tenuous this moment of joy and resolution is, Hillz delivered the final artwork from an airport in Minneapolis while en route to the funeral of Daunte Wright, another unarmed Black man recently killed by a police officer (and whose death occurred while Chauvin’s trial was in session).
  • Houston-based artist Ange Hillz, meanwhile, went to work: in 24 hours, he created this week’s TIME cover portrait of Floyd, to accompany a story from TIME’s Janell Ross .
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George Floyd’s Family Reacted to the Verdict With an Uncontrollable Cry. That Sound Echoes Through Black America

By Janell Ross/Minneapolis
  • Guilty, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said, as he read the jury’s April 20 verdict on the first of three charges leveled against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Perry Floyd Jr. That’s when I heard those involuntary sounds come up and out.
  • They had, for the first time in Minnesota history, convicted a white police officer of murdering a Black man while on duty.
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U.S. House passes D.C. statehood bill, but votes still lacking in Senate

By Laura Olson
  • WASHINGTON — For the second time, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, sending the historic bill to the Senate on a party-line vote.
  • “If Democrats were serious about statehood, they would pursue it through a constitutional amendment — requiring two-thirds of the House of Representatives and Senate to approve and three-quarters of states to ratify,” said Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., in a statement after the vote.
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Ruffin’s tenacity helped push ‘Mystere’ to June reopening

  • Lamarre outlined that process, and the company’s reopening strategy, in a wide-ranging interview this week as Cirque announced the return of those shows, along with Blue Man Group at Luxor on June 24.
  • Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre says Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin’s passion for returning “Mystere” to the stage was a determining factor in the show’s June 28 restart.
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The Spot: 3 major topics that Colorado’s lawmakers and leaders are focused on

By Erica Hunzinger
  • This week, The Spot is narrowing in on the main issues in front of lawmakers and leaders — gun laws, changes to policing and the top educators in the metro area — as well as calling your attention to things you may have missed.
  • Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg says this could be the week his fellow Democrats lawmakers roll out their slate of legislation in response to the King Soopers shooting.
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Kaitlin Eskelson: With help, travel industry will drive America’s economic rebound

By Kaitlin Eskelson | Special to The Tribune
  • Being held May 2-8, this year’s NTTW is the 38th annual celebration of the U.S. travel industry’s contributions and an opportunity to remind visitors and residents alike of the incredible value the travel industry holds not just for our local economy and workforce but also for our community’s identity and culture, while reminding our leaders and policymakers of the travel industry’s ability to help power recovery efforts from the crippling effects of COVID-19.
  • However, the travel industry’s ability to bounce back after periods of economic hardship — and inject much-needed revenue directly into Salt Lake County’s visitor economy and that of the state — is why the theme of this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is the “Power of Travel.”
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Oregon reports 993 new COVID cases

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — 993 new COVID cases were reported in Oregon on Thursday, as cases continue to climb. One new death was reported, bringing the state death toll to 2,467. 283 Oregonians remain hospitalized due to the virus, with 69 of them in ICU beds. Oregon’s 2,467th COVID-19 death is a 67-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive on April 21 and died on April 21 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. Doc talks new OHSU study on COVID-19 variants The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (14), Benton (24), Clackamas (116), […]Read more >Similar articles >

Supply of COVID-19 vaccine nearing demand in Wisconsin

By SCOTT BAUER
  • State health leaders said Thursday that while the gap between supply and demand is closing, there is an increasing emphasis on reaching those who may have difficulty getting vaccinated or who have been hesitant to receive the shot to date.
  • As an example of the closing gap, this week 250,000 doses were requested from vaccinators, down from 400,000 the week before, said Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
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The White House is creating a smokescreen for why it hasn’t raised refugee admissions

By Editorial Board
  • AS OFFICIALS tell it, President Biden has not yet raised his predecessor’s historically low ceiling on resettlements — despite having promised to do just that — because of concerns that it would overburden the government’s resources.
  • The U.S. refugee program, which has thrived with bipartisan support for decades to legally resettle carefully vetted people fleeing the world’s most desperate places, has nothing to do with the current surge of asylum seekers crossing the southern border.
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Republicans’ opening bid on infrastructure is about a quarter of the size of Biden’s plan

By Ella Nilsen
  • Though it’s a fraction of Biden’s proposal, the Republican plan is actually larger than the last $305 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill Congress passed in 2015 that was signed into law by President Barack Obama.
  • Not only is the cost much smaller; the Republican plan deals more narrowly with fixing America’s roads and bridges and other forms of transportation infrastructure, while Biden’s does that and more, doubling as a sweeping climate plan and a substantial investment to make long-term care more affordable.
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D.C., Maryland say they are clearing vaccine waitlists, as outreach efforts expand

By Lola Fadulu, Jenna Portnoy
  • Maryland had worked through its 800,000-person pre-registration list as of earlier this week, officials said, although not all have scheduled appointments yet and about 5,000 new people register each day.
  • “We believe that the best way to reach those who are people of color, and those with English as a second language, and those who may be underserved, is to actually come out into the community,” said Shelly McDonald-Pinkett, the chief medical officer at Howard University and manager of the vaccination site.
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Parents rally to save Portland Children’s Museum as former leaders stay mum

By Courtney Vaughn, The Portland Tribune
  • Now, the museum board is refusing to provide any information to the public regarding how the Portland Children's Museum arrived at this point, what financial contribution they would need to remain open, and what, if anything, can be done to prevent these closures."
  • "Over the last year, the Board remained publicly silent while the museum floundered," Elisabeth Utas, part of an informal group rallying to try to restore funding for the museum and school, said in a statement released to media.
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Putin’s Russia isn’t a model for anyone

By Frida Ghitis
  • Russians in huge numbers took to the streets again on Wednesday to protest their government’s treatment of Alexei Navalny, a man they fear may soon die because he dared to criticize President Vladimir Putin.
  • Today, Putin’s Russia stands for rampant corruption, stark income inequality, aggression toward its neighbors and state-sponsored assassinations of those who dare to criticize the system.
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Stress-induced drug use during pandemic is reason to de-criminalize harder drugs: Foxx

By Fran Spielman
  • Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Thursday pointed to stress-induced drug abuse during the pandemic as the impetus to get moving on her plan to wipe clean the record of convicted marijuana dealers and expunge offenses for heroin and cocaine possession.
  • Foxx called Illinois’ groundbreaking decision to legalize marijuana a “gateway conversation to deeper conversations around treating addiction as a public health issue and looking at the drug economy that has flourished in these neighborhoods while every other bit of economy has abandoned” those communities.
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Health officials lean toward resuming Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — but with a warning

By Lena H. Sun and Laurie Mcginley

Federal health authorities are leaning toward recommending that use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine resume, possibly as soon as this weekend – a move that would include a new warning about a rare complication involving blood clots but probably not call for age restrictions. The position would be similar to one taken by […]Read more >Similar articles >
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In Chichester, a selectman’s refusal to wear a mask spurs debate over what is ‘right’ 

  • Via zoom, Houle, in an understated yet pointed manner, told Selectmen Jason Weir that his refusal to wear a mask at the Select Board meeting on April 6, which forced a week’s postponement, was selfish.
  • At the April 13 meeting, before Houle had his say and longtime resident Bette Bogdan had her say and Town Administrator Jodi Pinard had her say, Select Board Chair Richard Bouchard addressed a complaint concerning Weir, totally separate from Mask-Gate.
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Listen: The latest mask debate, FDA in limbo, & gene therapy’s uncertain upside

By Damian Garde and Meg Tirrell and Adam Feuerstein
  • For more on what we cover, here’s the latest on the FDA ; here’s the news on genome editing for sickle cell disease ; here’s more on gene therapy’s commercial prospects ; here’s where you can subscribe to the First Opinion Podcast ; and here’s our complete coverage of the coronavirus pandemic .
  • We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast.
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RAGA finance director resigns amid January 6 robocall fallout

By Eddie Burkhalter
  • The association’s former director, Adam Piper, resigned in January after mounting criticism once the involvement of the group’s dark money fundraising arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, in the deadly rally became publicly known.
  • The finance director for the Republican Attorneys General Association has resigned, and in an email to attorneys general said she was doing so because of the association’s nomination as director a man who the finance director said approved robocalls urging people to attend the Jan. 6 rally at the U.S. Capitol.
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